The Alumni Board of Directors Executive Committee

Devang Desai, A.B. '97, J.D. '03

President

Partner, Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo
Devang B. Desai is an experienced and highly rated lawyer and partner at Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo. In the past, he has served as Interim Ombudsperson and Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Miami. He has also served as president of the UM Law School Alumni Association and is active in many organizations.


Kourtney Gibson, B.B.A. '03

IMMEDIATE PRESIDENT

President, Loop Capital Markets
Kourtney Gibson oversees all brand-building efforts at Loop Capital Markets, in addition to cultivating and enhancing major strategic client relationships across the firm’s various business lines. Gibson is also a CNBC contributor. She previously served as president-elect of the UM Alumni Association, and is active in many Chicago-based organizations.


Maribel C. Wadsworth, B.S.C. '93

PRESIDENT-ELECT

President News/Gannett Media and Publisher/ USA TODAY
Maribel C. Wadsworth oversees USA TODAY’s consumer business. A veteran journalist, Wadsworth has more than 20 years with Gannett and has held a variety of roles at community news organizations. She previously served as director on the UM Alumni Association Board. She is a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Allison Gillespie, B.A.M. ’91, M.S.Ed. ’95, M.S. ’03

VICE PRESIDENT

Assistant Provost, University of Southern Mississippi
Allison Gillespie is a three-time graduate of the U, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, a Master of Science in education, and a Master of Science in computer information systems. Allison has served on the University of Miami Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2017. Continuing her extensive involvement as an undergraduate, she serves as an alumna volunteer for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority in a variety of local and national volunteer roles, including province director of chapters, district standards specialist, district risk management specialist chapter advisor, and leadership academy facilitator. Allison has a passion for providing education, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities for young women.


Bill J. Fisse, B.B.A. '75, M.B.A. '77

Vice President

Managing Director of HR and Institutional Clients Group, Citi (Retired)
Bill J. Fisse is a 38-year Citi HR executive. Fisse’s passion is implementing human capital strategies that are aligned to the business to help build a high-performing organization. He previously served as a director on the UM Alumni Association Board. Fisse holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from the University of Miami.


Chris Lomax, B.M. ’05, J.D. ’08

VICE PRESIDENT

Founder and Managing Attorney, Lomax Legal
A double alumnus, Chris Lomax holds both a bachelor’s degree in music and a juris doctor degree from the University of Miami. He is also a member of Iron Arrow.A former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, he is nowan associate at Jones Daylaw firm. He focuses on commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and pro bono representation of indigent criminal defendants.


Darren Dupriest, B.B.A. ’91

VICE PRESIDENT

Founder & CEO, Validity Screening Solutions
Darren Dupriest is the founder and CEO of Validity Screening Solutions, an enterprise technology company specializing in background screening, substance abuse testing, and occupational health services.Dupriest has supported a range of programs, from athletics to student affairs, at the University of Miami. A member of Iron Arrow, he has served on the UM Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2016.


Shannon High-Bassalik, B.S.C. ’88

VICE PRESIDENT

Chief Creative Officer, HighBall Media Group
Shannon High-Bassalik is the chief creative officer for HighBall Media Group. An expert in media across all platforms, Shannon works with companies to create, execute and analyze strategies to develop, grow, and monetize video content.
From network to local news to digital content, Shannon’s background as a news and entertainment executive allows her to identify content that people will watch and share, and develop strong strategies to capitalize financially on it. Her experience running local and network newsrooms, documentaries, and entertainment programming gives her expertise in evaluating and revamping editorial systems, maximizing content while minimizing cost, and hiring quality talent.


Erica M. Arroyo, B.S.C. ’03, M.A.L.S. ’08

ASSOCIATE VP, ENGAGEMENT

University of Miami Division of Development and Alumni Relations
Erica Arroyo is the Associate Vice President of Engagement at the University of Miami. She has been with the University for 13 years and is responsible for the following areas: lifelong engagement of alumni, parents, faculty/staff, and friends of the University through a variety of programming; family relations, which includes the Parents...